I love Minnesota. Now you know it.

We just got back from a long weekend at my in-laws’ cabin in northern Minnesota. My wife’s aunt and uncle are extremely generous and hospitable hosts who graciously opened up their house to my family. We spent a ton of time on the lake kayaking, fishing, boating, tubing, water skiing, and knee boarding…well, trying to at least.

During our brief stay in Minnesota, something dawned on me.

Dads are heroes. Brothers are role models.

I have a 10 year-old son who is an amazing ball of energy and love. He simply loves to hang out with and spend as much time with me as possible. But he also adores his older brothers despite his constant teasing and annoyances he projects on them.

So when we took the boat out on the lake this weekend, I knew I had to step my game up because I had a little boy looking up to me. Here’s the problem…I haven’t done water sports on a lake for years.  However, that didn’t stop me from volunteering to jump into the lake first to try my hand at knee boarding and water skiing.

Truthfully, I hadn’t water skied in over 13 years…the age of my oldest twin sons. So as I was shivering in the water, gripping the rope between my skis, I truly wondered if I was going to make it up. Then I heard that sweet little voice yelling to me from the boat.

“You can do it Dad!” exclaimed my 10 year-old son.

You want to know what’s amazing? I made it up the first time. He was proud of me and we shared a great moment together. But another one of my favorite moments of the weekend was when my older boys shared the tube with him. He grinned ear-to-ear as we circled the lake trying our best to launch them off of their tube. I’m guessing half the fun was actually tubing behind the boat, but the other half was being able to hang out with his older brothers on that tube.

Our church has been going through the book of 2 Peter this summer and our pastor recently preached about brotherly love (affection). Here’s a bit of the passage that we recently studied.

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.  For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge,  knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sure my kids have their fair share of disagreements, but there are many other times when they exemplify this passage of brother affection and love. I hope that lasts for an eternity.